07/02/2009 11:00PM

Red Lead to try Prelude next


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Red Lead has established himself as one of the better 3-year-olds in the region, and next month he will try to further improve his resume. Red Lead, who in May was second to Mythical Power in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby, traveled to Prairie Meadows last week and ran third in the $250,000 Iowa Derby.

Next on the agenda is Louisiana Downs. Brandon Bridges, who trains Red Lead, said the horse is being pointed for the $100,000 Prelude at a 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 15. The race is a stepping-stone to Bridges's major fall goal for Red Lead, the Grade 2, $750,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 19.

"We're going to run him back probably in the Prelude," Bridges said. "That gives him plenty of time, and then it will set up good for the Super Derby."

Red Lead, who is based at Lone Star, dueled on the lead in the Lone Star Derby and also used front-running tactics in the Iowa Derby.

"I think it was really good the way he went out there and set a nice, easy pace," Bridges said of the Iowa Derby. "I just love how he's developing and coming along."

Following the Lone Star meet, Bridges plans to base at Louisiana Downs.

Big Beyer allowance winner sold

Hollywood Hit, a 3-year-old who won a first-level allowance sprint at Lone Star in May with a Beyer Figure of 100, is now in Canada. C.R. Trout, who bred, owned, and trained the horse, said he was sold last month. Peter Redekop of Vancouver, Canada, purchased the horse in a private deal. Hollywood Hit is now based at Woodbine with trainer Terry Jordan.

Trout, who is not known for selling his horses, said the offer was generous. He said the deal was put together through a bloodstock agent out of Kentucky.

"I had to take it," Trout said. "He's the first one I've ever sold, other than horses being claimed."

Hollywood Hit won his maiden at Oaklawn in March. He won the first-level allowance on May 8, in 1:08.20.

Jordan said Hollywood Hit was flown from Texas to Kentucky, then vanned to Woodbine. He has not yet set any stakes plans for the horse, who is an Oklahoma-bred son of Cactus Ridge.

Sing Baby Sing eyes Remington

Sing Baby Sing, who finished sixth in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint, could make his seasonal debut Aug.o22 in the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup, said his trainer, Jack Bruner. Sing Baby Sing won the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland last year. He has been working forwardly at Lone Star.

Remington opens its meet Aug. 21. Officials said the stable area will begin receiving horses on July 21, while the track will open for training July 22. Purses are budgeted at a record $250,000 a day.

Love Samba fastest for Rainbow

Love Samba set the fastest qualifying time for the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on July 19 with her dominant trial win Thursday. She rolled to a three-length win in her 400-yard race, covering the distance in 19.54. Ricky Ramirez was aboard for trainer Blane Wood.

"We've been taking our time with her because we've been pointing to the All American all along with her," said Wood. "She's a really nice filly."

The Rainbow Futurity is one of three major 2-year-old Quarter Horse races during the Ruidoso meet. The series also includes the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity, which was run June 7, and the $2 million All American Futurity on Sept. 7.

Ruidoso Futurity winner First Klas Fred won his trial for the Rainbow but drifted some late and did not qualify for the finale. Trainer Paul Jones, who had at least one starter in all 20 trial races run Thursday, won six of the trials and qualified four horses, including Stepenos, whose time of 19.63 was the second fastest among the 192 juveniles that vied for the 10 spots in the finals.

Sam Houston stakes reinstated

Sam Houston Race Park has reinstated two of the three Quarter Horse stakes it canceled a week ago. The Grade 3 Governors' Cup Marathon is back on for Aug. 21, and the Grade 2 Sam Houston Classic will be on Aug.o22. Track officials said the Texas Quarter Horse Association provided additional purse money to bring back the stakes.

* The Horseman's Racing Bred Sale will hold its summer mixed auction of Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses on July 11 at the Expo Center in Claremore, Okla.